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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Look of Love by Rosemary Indra

The Look of Love by Rosemary Indra
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (230 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 2.5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Scott Denton always thinks of Penny Herrington as his best friend, a co-worker in the Forest Ridge Fire Department. She tricks him into helping her with the decorations for the Sweetheart Banquet. During their discussion about love and romance, Scott starts to notice Penny as a desirable woman.

When Penny hurts her ankle, Scott feels responsible and decides to move in with her. Spending time together, they share intimate discussions about love and marriage. Penny, a widow, feels guilty when her relationship with Scott becomes romantic. Devastated after a nasty divorce, Scott no longer believes in love and vows he’ll never remarry. He denies his feelings for Penny until he realizes only she can comfort him after he assist the fire department at a tragic car accident.

Scott Denton and Penny Harrington are best friends and partners at Forest Ridge Fire Department, both unlucky at love but for very different reasons. Can they be more than friends? Can they be partners in life? Will they notice The Look of Love they have for each other?

Ms. Indra gives us a story that is as old as time: best friends who fall in love, and it’s refreshing to have a simple love story not thwarted by evil doers but rather by the couple themselves. The narrative is descriptive everyday language, easy to read and to comprehend. It does tend to drag a bit in the middle of the story but picks up pace at the end.

She introduces us to many characters at the start, so many that at times they seem to overlap and I found myself re-reading a few pages to get everyone straight. Reading the first book in the series Rekindled Love will help a great deal.

Her hero, Scott and heroine, Penny are two people who are obviously made for each other but it takes them an inordinately long time to see the truth, at times it seems too long as they constantly battle each other.

The author's secondary players in the story are interesting and do make the tale more enjoyable. The romance is sweet and will engage the audience in the hero and heroine’s pursuit of their Happy Ever After. The love scenes are hot and spicy, very descriptive and full of angst, desperation and uncertainty and the friendship of the couple really add to that angst.

If you are a fan of contemporary romance and of friends who turn into lovers, then this tale should tickle your fancy. A very enjoyable read.